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EXCLUSIVE: More dementia shame for football’s governing bodies after the EFL’s official magazine questioned the dangers of FIFTY-FIFTEEN years ago – with reports of players suffering brain damage as early as 1903

  • Sportsmail revealed that FIFA was aware of the suspected link to brain damage in 1984
  • More historical articles have come to light highlighting the dangers of headlines
  • In October 1966, the Football League Review, the Football League’s official magazine, published an article titled “Danger of Heading the Ball?”
  • There have been reports of players suffering brain damage as early as 1903

Further evidence emerged on Wednesday that football authorities have failed to address the dementia problem and protect their players, despite a century of warnings.

It comes after Sports post revealed that FIFA was aware of the suspected link to brain damage in 1984, when their own magazine highlighted the dangers of heading the ball.

The lack of action from world government after that article – titled ‘How Dangerous Is Heading?’ — was widely criticized on Wednesday.

More historical articles have come to light that highlight the dangers of headlines. In October 1966, the Football League Review published an article titled “Danger of Heading the Ball?”

Now more damning historical articles have come to light exposing the dangers of headlines.

In October 1966, the Football League Review, the Football League’s official magazine, published an article titled “Danger of Heading the Ball?”

It said boxing wasn’t the only sport with “punch drunks,” the condition known today as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Leicester City striker Derek Dougan is quoted as saying: “After a game I have headaches every time, of course from all the head work I do.”

An article published in FIFA's own magazine discusses the dangers of CTE from rubric

An article published in FIFA’s own magazine discusses the dangers of CTE from rubric

How Sportsmail broke the shocking news on FIFA's dementia shame on Wednesday

How Sportsmail broke the shocking news on FIFA’s dementia shame on Wednesday

There are reports of footballers suffering brain injuries as early as September 1903, when the Lincolnshire Echo revealed that former West Brom striker Sam Nicholls was in a serious condition.

“He suffers from a brain disorder and this is the persistence with which he headed the ball. Doctors say the practice is fraught with danger.”

The Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail also published a story in February 1931 raising the death of a 24-year-old.

FIFA reacted to Sports post revealed their 1984 article by insisting that tackling brain damage in football was a top priority for them.

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